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‘Moonlight’ Producers and Director to Adapt ‘Underground Railroad’ as Limited Series

The series is based on Colson Whitehead's bestselling book.

The Underground Railroad

Hot off their success at the Telluride Film Festival, “Moonlight” director and writer Barry Jenkins and producers Plan B and Adele Romanski are reuniting for a new limited series that is about to hit the market.

Per Deadline, the project is based on the bestselling novel “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead, which was published last month by Doubleday.

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The book centers on Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who boards the train and embarks on a harrowing trip. As she travels state by state, she seeks true freedom while being hunted by a notorious slave catcher. “The Underground Railroad” has been praised for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable and is a National Book Award finalist.

The Underground Railroad has been the subject of two series in production, WGN America’s “Underground,” which will introduce Harriet Tubman in its second season, and NBC’s in-development “Freedom Run.”

READ MORE: ‘Moonlight’ Dominates IndieWire’s Telluride Film Festival Critics Poll

“Moonlight” has been dominating the festival circuit and was praised by critics at Telluride. The drama will also be screened at the New York and BFI London festivals before A24 releases the picture in theaters on October 21.

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